Oxford Summer School

Draw Paint Draw

Monday 8th August for 5 days — Cost: £260

Tutor: Jane Strother

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Draw, Paint, Draw! Using a range of wet and dry media you will follow procedures designed to help you make strong and dynamic drawings to support a more contemporary approach to impasto painting.

The focus at the start of the week is to build a series of studies and long drawings made from observation. The next step will be to work from these drawings in paint. As well as developing new ‘making’ skills you will learn to consider your work, to select, adjust, de-construct and re-construct. The emphasis is on keeping both your drawing and painting broad, open and informative, combining technical know-how with ‘feeling’ the mark.

It is all about considering your options and taking risks at the same time.

Support and encouragement will be given at all times with mark making, use of tools and materials as well as making decisions on your ‘build’!

Equipment and materials needed:

A range of drawing tools and media e.g. – (you will not need all of these but a range is nice to have, over a week.)

  • Pencils, graphite sticks, charcoal (both willow and compressed)
  • Rubber, sharpener, craft knife, scissors, masking tape, glue (pva or a glue stick are OK if your paper is not too heavy) kitchen paper
  • Drawing ink (optional)
  • Acrylic paint or gouache (watercolour is unsuitable) Make sure you have white
  • Soft pastels/oil pastels/conte (optional)
  • Water containers, palette (flat board or large white plates, white greaseproof paper and tape)
  • Paper – reasonably heavy weight to allow for both drawing and painting but not so heavy that you can’t glue it down with a basic glue. Size: A2 or larger can be cut down so you have flexibility. If you only have A3, you can join sheets for larger work
  • Tracing paper
  • Paper Scraps – some pieces in ‘neutral’ colours, e.g. grey, black, white, buff, brown, beige! Oddments such as envelopes, packing paper etc all fine
  • Board to work on large enough for A2: this is fairly important and allows for work at an easel or it can be raised on a table for an improved working position, especially if working large
  • have some to lend but not enough for everyone
  • Easel if you have one. I have some metal folding ones. Not ideal but useful